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The Official 2060 SuperPrix! Fan Guide is a satiric look at the possible future of dressage. Learn about the revolutionary Bengt Fleckchen Training System that transformed old-fashioned dressage into a world wide sports sensation. Read about performance enhancing advances in riding apparel and tack like the Bruzzle and the Guter Sitz Saddle. Visit the famous Rollkurova Institute, the world's premier horse training facility, and get the inside scoop on what it takes to make a SuperPrix champion. Dozens of colorful illustrations trace the evolution of classical horsemanship into the popular sport of SuperPrix. Chapters detail every aspect of modern horsemanship including changes to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Rule Book, tack and apparel design, training techniques, new competition guidelines, and even the horse itself. “Spot on and very funny!” “Hilarious and chilling!” For more SuperPrix products go to www.superprix.net
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Oct 15, 2009""The Official 2060 Superprix! Fan Guide: The definitive guide to mid-21st century dressage" by Michelle Guillot" "Publishing a volume of verse," wrote Don Marquis "is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo." But Michelle Guillot will hear echoes loud and clear. She will hear howls of protest from those who have failed to notice there is 'something-rotten-in-the-woodshed' of today's dressage and paeans of praise from those who have. She will also hear the sound of laughter. The author is to be congratulated and thanked for having produced a book that is destined to become a classic in its field. It is required reading for Federation Equestre Nationale (FEI) and national federation dressage committee members and the perfect Christmas present for all equestrians. The book is classified by the publisher under 'Humor' but don't let this mislead you. Yes, it is a (wickedly) funny book but it is also a tragic book.... More > The text is more than comic and the illustrations more than cartoons. Appropriately, the author/ illustrator calls it a fantasy but it is no more a fairy tale than 'Gulliver's Travels.' Read it slowly and thoughtfully. There is a barb in every sentence and a story in every picture. The book is a satire on current trends in dressage and a plea for reform. Observing what has happened to dressage in the last few years, the author imagines what dressage could be like in 2060 if these trends continue. Sadly, the accuracy of her predictions have been confirmed by several changes for the worse that have already received FEI approval. It is as though the FEI had seen an advance copy of her book and, failing to recognize that she was being satirical, had sanctioned many of her predictions. In her afterword, the author sums up what appears to be the intention in present-day dressage ... to "maximize results in the show ring while minimizing the time and effort it takes to educate the horse and rider." Her book pokes fun at the short cuts being taken in tack and training. She wittily disapproves of the FEI's approval of mechanical restraints such as flash, crank and drop nosebands, ST bridles, bits, chains and hyperflexion training methods. But, as she points out, the most chilling development is the effect these have on the mental and physical welfare of the horses themselves. Readers are reminded of the retrograde step taken by the FEI in 2007 when they eliminated the training pyramid requirement for 'Relaxation'. Would it not be wonderful if the launch of this book helped to persuade the Dressage Committee of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to recommend acceptance of a rule change proposal they are currently considering, to approve the crossunder bitless bridle for dressage. With a stroke of the pen, the USEF could reverse the trend of the last few years and approve an option that will dramatically enhance the welfare and safety of both horse and rider. The USEF have the opportunity to give a much-needed lead to the FEI and set an example for all other national federations. As a veterinary researcher for the last 57 years, I recognize the harm a bit does to a horse's mind, the diseases it causes and the accidents it provokes. The scientific evidence in favor of an amendment to the current mandatory use of one or more bits and a chain for dressage is convincing but perhaps a purely rational argument is insufficient to win the day. Guillot's book will help by employing the power of laughter. Robert Cook, FRCVS, PhD Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University;< Less
Oct 15, 2009This is a sharp, witty book with superb illustrations, I recommend it highly to anyone who is concerned about where competitive dressage is going. Michelle Guillot predicted the advent of the Totilas super horse with her Tarentulus, and the introduction of costumes is not far behind with the FEI's recent decision to allow color and color pipping for coats, hats, gloves,breeches and boots. The future is here, and it does look like Nascar is not far off at all. I also checked the author's merchandise and I simply had to have an Olga Rolkurova t-shirt - its a cheeky way of saying NO to rolkur. http://www.cafepress.com/pixofthelitter/5092854 - Christmas is coming, both book and gifts make for great stocking stuffer.
Oct 12, 2009A friend has just sent my your SuperPrix fantasy. What a masterful work of satire! If straight out common sense or humanity or love for the horse or wisdom doesn't get 'them' may be this will. I shall send it to everyone. Elyane Brightlight
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